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Napa Live

On Sunday afternoon, downtown Napa will become host to a new tasting menu — of music.

The inaugural Napa Live: Inside & Out, a free “music crawl” showcasing bands and performers of many genres, will run from noon to 6 p.m. at 30 small stages across the city center.

Staged by the Downtown Napa Association, the event will include about 40 musical acts performing at various stores and streets, as well as public venues such as Veterans Memorial Park, Napa’s Riverfront and Dwight Murray Plaza. Most stages will be clustered north to south on Main Street and east to west along First Street, with some venues placed as far north as Napa Street or down to Third Street in the south.

Rock, funk, bluegrass, reggae, classical and other performers are scheduled to take part, according to organizers.

The Downtown Napa Association announced last month the creation of Napa Live as a way to bring to the business district much of the musicmaking — and the easy sampling of music styles from stage to stage — that has marked Porchfest, which has showcased local bands in historic neighborhoods since 2011.

Thea Witsil, a co-founder of Napa Porchfest, also is serving as an organizer of the downtown festival.

Napa Live will break from other downtown festivals in not requiring any street closures. By staging all performances on sidewalks or in parks and stores, the music crawl may set an example for other large-scale events as increasing downtown development makes traffic shutdowns more difficult, Craig Smith, the association’s executive director, said in May.

For a map of Napa Live musicians and stages, visit http://bit.ly/1XhiKLc

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